By: karengray | July 24, 2018

I know that it is the middle of Summer, and that no one really wants to think about school starting again, but the reality is that many schools will open in just a few short, sunny weeks.

I was reminded of this the other day when I asked my daughter how she was doing on her summer reading assignment. She is just going into middle school, and is an avid reader. Normally she cruises through books at an alarming pace, and it isn’t unusual for her to finish a book in less than a week. But right now it is summer, which means swimming and vacations, video games and playing outdoors. And right now, she is behind in her reading assignment.

For her, the solution was pretty simple, (she is used to having a hypnotist for a mom.) With a few careful phras...

By: karengray | April 09, 2018

“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”

~  Rose Kennedy

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge. Though stress is often perceived as bad, it can actually be good in many ways. The right kind of stress can sharpen the mind and reflexes. It might be able to help the body perform better, or help you escape a dangerous situation.

Stress produces a physiological reaction in your body. When a stressful event is perceived, the subconscious mind directs the release of certain hormones, which results in a physical reaction. These reactions can include slowed digestion, shaking, tunnel vision, faster breathing and heart rate, dilation of pupils, and flushed skin. This process is often re...

By: karengray | October 05, 2017

Every parent of a school-aged child knows the desire to see them succeed without struggling. One way that we can help our kids meet their academic potential is by helping them to better understand the way that they learn.

Most people have a preferred way to learn. Some learn best by listening, some have to observe every step, while others have to do it to learn it. While most people are usually stronger in one area than another, individuals need all three modalities to truly commit information to memory: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Knowing your preferred learning style will help you to better understand how to integrate new information. The trick is figuring out your preferred modality and capitalizing on your strengths. Let’s look at ...